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The History PhD program at Koc University seeks to provide students with a strong grounding in the advanced study of history. 


The History programme at Koc University covers a variety of subjects but is especially strong in the following areas: Ottoman Empire, Turkey, the Balkans, Russia, Ukraine and the Soviet Union, Europe and the Mediterranean.

As part of their training, doctoral students will have to successfully complete their course requirements and comprehensive exam, conduct original research and write their doctoral dissertation. 

They will also be required to work as teaching assistants. Doctoral students will at all times work in close collaboration with their advisors and other faculty from the department. Our goal is to train future colleagues, and we therefore commit to providing all the assistance and advice our doctoral students may need. 

Academic careers 

A PhD in history from Koç University, one of Turkey’s leading higher education institutions, will lead to successful academic careers in Turkey and abroad, although graduates will also find themselves in a privileged position to begin careers in government, non-governmental organizations, and journalism.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Scientific Paper Writing and Publishing
  • Historiography
  • Research Methods in History
  • Topics in the History of the Early Modern World
  • Topics in the History of the Modern World
  • Historical Approaches to Social Theory
  • Mediterranean History
  • History of the Balkans
  • History of the Middle East
  • History of the Modern State and Mass Violence

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

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TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


240 ECTS


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English requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  •  Transcripts (B.A. and M.A. when applicable) GPA: 3.00 minimum 
  • Letters of Recommendation: the Graduate School requires three letters of recommendation for PhD applications. These should be by persons well qualified to speak from first-hand knowledge about the applicant’s potential for graduate study. Letters of recommendation must be submitted online
  • Statement of Purpose which should not exceed 2,000 words, focusing on why the applicant wants to study at Koç University and in this particular program as well as explaining career objectives and research interests
  • Thesis Abstract Summary of your MA/MS thesis (if available)
  • ALES or GRE Score (Please see minimum required scores below)
  • TOEFL, YÖKDİL or YDS Score (Please see minimum required scores below) Required for all non-native English speaking applicants.

Tuition Fee

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  • 100% tuition scholarship (full tuition waiver for all admitted candidates is guaranteed)

Living costs for Istanbul

2000 - 3240 TRY /month
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